There is no denying the fact that for the last 20 months, governance in West Bengal has always been high on entertainment value
by Diptendra Raychaudhuri
Under Left rule, West Bengal appeared to have become a dangerous place, at least for a section of the populace. But when Mamata Di took over, people expected paribartan. And, paribartan has certainly taken place in the State, though the debate on exactly what changes the new Government has brought in is still on. Still there is no denying the fact that for the last 20 months, governance in West Bengal has always been high on entertainment value.
Thus, if a senior minister in the current Government prides himself on showing a yellow card to the ‘governor’ another writes ‘small is beautiful’ after visiting the Tata Steel stall at an industry meet in Kolkata. The cumulative effect of such governance initiatives has not only dampened the morale of the bureaucracy in the State, but also given a new meaning to policing.
Partha Chatterjee, the Industry Minister, probably meant no disrespect to the Tata Group, when he wrote ‘‘small is beautiful, well done’ in the visitor’s book at the industry fare ‘Bengal Leads’. Singur is in the distant past, though the affair of acquiring land without any Government mediation has turned only murkier, and Parthababu does not mind making up with the big industries. Today, the land that Tatas wanted the Nano to roll on is mired in litigation and has turned into a vast waste. What, however, is clear is that his comment was not in consonance with his justified, legitimate aim of attracting industry…Read More